Coast in St. Vincent & the Grenadines fringed with shallow coral reefs that help protect the beaches.
ocean, St. Vincent/Grenadines Coast in St. Vincent & the Grenadines fringed with shallow coral reefs that help protect the beaches. © Marjo Aho


Statement in Support of New Ocean Action Agenda for Sustainable Ocean Management

The Ocean Panel, composed of 14 serving world leaders, has put forward a new ocean action agenda underpinned by sustainably managing 100% of national waters. The panel consists of the heads of state and government from Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Palau and Portugal. 

Under the new agenda, leaders commit to 100% sustainable ocean management of areas within national jurisdiction by 2025 (this covers the same area as the national waters of all of North, South and Central America and the Caribbean, combined), and to support a global target to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030. The political document,  "Transformations for a Sustainable Ocean Economy: A Vision for Protection, Production and Prosperity," sets out the action agenda in full, focusing on five key areas of transformation: Ocean Wealth, Ocean Health, Ocean Equity, Ocean Knowledge and Ocean Finance. By taking decisive action in each of the key areas, the Ocean Panel hopes to build collective understanding and knowledge of ocean sustainability, ecosystem services and functions, as well as ensure that science underpins decision-making for building a sustainable ocean economy.

The 14 heads of state and government are calling on other leaders of ocean and coastal states to develop their own Sustainable Ocean Plans in line with the 100% target.

The Nature Conservancy has been part of the Ocean Panel Advisory Network since its inception in 2018, actively contributing to the Panel’s new action agenda.  

Jennifer Morris, Chief Executive Officer, The Nature Conservancy: “Today is a good day for the ocean, which provides us all with so much. Ensuring a sustainably managed and healthy ocean is critical to achieving targets such as those set out in the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and to defining an ambitious Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.  These inspiring commitments are vital to ensuring a brighter future for people and the planet.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 76 countries and territories—37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners—we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.